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‘It’s a national shame’: the Brits living in fear of anti-Semitism

As three Jewish children are attacked on a bus, we hear from those whose lives have been blighted by horrific abuse

Joe Shute

“People have this idea that something like this doesn’t happen in a middle-class place like Tavistock,” says 33-year-old Thomas Godwin, who until recently lived in the affluent Devon town.

“People think they don’t have this kind of thing around here.” But they do. He is talking about anti-Semitism.

Two years ago, Godwin, the head of marketing and communications for a charity, moved from London to Tavistock to be closer to his mother. Soon afterwards, he and his family became embroiled in a concerted campaign of anti-Semitic harassment sparked by a decorative mezuzah they placed outside their home...

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